Archive for the 'linux' Category

OK Google: make this NEST hack a standard feature

May 7, 2017

This easy hack can unlock a NEST thermostat’s “Cool” mode in heater-only installations, allowing control of a heater’s ventilation fan as though it’s an A/C.

Why are there no recent posts on

May 28, 2016

Why has had so few posts over the past several years? Blame it on the success of its offspring:! Here’s the scoop…

Linux-based Tor gadget protects IP identity

December 11, 2013

Pogoplug announced a $49, Linux-based security device called the Safeplug that taps into the Tor network to hide your IP information when using the web.

AirPlay alternative mirrors and streams to TVs and PCs

December 11, 2013

AirTame is developing an AirPlay-like protocol for PC-to-PC content streaming and screen mirroring, plus a Linux-based dongle for AirTame rendering on TVs.

Inside Mantis: a 2-ton hexapod robot with a Linux brain

April 6, 2013

After four years of development, Micromagic Systems has finally completed the Mantis Hexapod Walking Machine, claimed to be the world’s largest all-terrain operational hexapod robot. The device stands nearly three meters tall, weighs just under two tons, and is controlled by a PC/104 module stack running embedded Linux.

Roku finally gets a 2D facelift

March 28, 2013

I’ve griped for years about Roku’s retro one-dimensional menu. Finally, in conjunction with the release of the Roku 3 model, the company is giving the Linux-based media streaming player a 2D facelift, making it quicker and easier to access favorite channels and find new ones.

R.I.P. LinuxDevices… Long live LinuxGizmos!

March 9, 2013

In 2012, the embedded Linux market lost a valued resource when became a collateral casualty of QuinStreet’s acquisition of a group of websites from Ziff Davis Enterprise. Unfortunately the new owner has no interest in supporting the site, so LinuxDevices has lain dormant for over a year.

R.I.P. Boxee Box: 2010-2013

January 27, 2013

[Updated Jul 10, 2013] — When Boxee announced its new Boxee TV product last October, it also stated that the original Boxee Box, which had already ceased being manufactured, would soon transition into “maintenance mode.” Additionally, the company promised one last firmware update, which would “update the Flash player and fix some key bugs.”

Sonos debuts wireless sub-woofer

June 20, 2012

[Updated Jun 20, 2012] – Sonos, maker of a line of wireless, Internet-streaming music systems, has added a sub-woofer to its offering. The “Sub” adds “soul-shaking, heart-pounding” bass to any of the company’s amplified components, says Sonos.


Review: Linux Mint Debian Edition

June 8, 2012

I’ve long been a fan of Debian-based Linux OSes in general, and Ubuntu in particular. However, my disaffection with Ubuntu’s new Unity desktop had left me yearning for a suitable alternative. Finally last week, I removed Ubuntu 11.10 from my primary desktop computer and substituted the Linux Mint project’s latest Debian implementation: LMDE 201204. What a breath of fresh air!